About the book
1. I started writing this book only a few days after the demise of Hazrat Muslihul-Ummat, and whatever I wrote, I [either] showed or presented to the ‘ulamaa who resided in the khaanqah of Hazrat Muslihul-Ummat or to those ‘ulamaa who visited the khaanqah. Therefore, when Hazrat Moulana Manzoor Saheb Nu’maani came to the khaanqah, I showed it to him as well – as was my habit. Through the grace of Allah جل جلاله he liked it, but he suggested that I [should] condense it and write an abridged version. Subsequently, this humble servant has shortened it significantly.
Similarly, when Hazrat Moulana Qaari Siddiq Saheb Baandwi visited, I showed it to him as well. He also liked it. In fact, a few days later he asked: “Has Wasiyyatul-Aadaab been published yet, or not?” From this I gauged his approval.
2. All praise is due to Allah جل جلاله for His kindness! Molwi Ebrahim Aamodi, a teacher at Darul-’Uloom Kantaria, transcribed the entire book free of charge (for the pleasure of Allah جل جلاله) and Moulana Muhammad Qaasim Saheb Gordowi, also a teacher at Darul-‘Uloom Kantaria, very diligently edited it. Furthermore, my friends, Moulana Maqsood Ahmad Saheb Gorakpuri and Moulana Mufti Zaynul-Islaam Saheb Ilaahaabaadi put a lot of effort into the layout and editing the book. My friend, Molwi Feroz ‘Aalam Saheb also put in considerable effort in this regard. Lastly, Moulana Mufti Isma’eel Saheb, a teacher at Darul-‘Uloom Kantaria, had a look at it and that set me at ease. May Allah جل جلاله grant the best reward to all those who assisted – be it academically or financially – and may He grant them His special mercy – aameen.
3. This humble servant later added some beneficial extracts from Imaam Ghazali’s work “Ihyaaul-‘Uloom,” Hazrat Moulana Sayyid Abul-Hasan Ali Nadwi’s work “Paa jaa Suraagh-e-Zindagy” and Hazrat ‘Allaamah ‘Abdul-Fattaah Abu Ghuddah’s work “Safahaat min Sabril-‘Ulamaa.” [This I placed] under the heading “Embodiments of Patience and Steadfastness.” I hope that this will benefit others as well.
4. As mentioned above, I wrote the book “Advices regarding Etiquettes” for my children – the maternal grandchildren of Hazrat Muslihul-Ummat – in 1391 AH. However, there was such a delay in the publishing thereof that, maa shaa Allah
جل جلاله, all my children had [in the interim] become qualified ‘ulamaa. In other words, my dear Maqbool Ahmad, Sa’eed Ahmad and ‘Azeez Ahmad had already qualified from Darul-‘Uloom Deoband and Mahboob Ahmad from Darul-‘Uloom Nadwa by the time the book was finally published.
In fact, their two consanguine brothers are much younger than them. Muhammad ‘Abdullaah [has also] qualified from Darul-‘Uloom Deoband, and Muhammad ‘Ubaydullaah will soon qualify as an ‘aalim (scholar) from Darul-‘Uloom Nadwa. Through the grace of Allah جل جلاله, Sa’eed Ahmad has also specialised in linguistics at Darul-‘Uloom Nadwa and completed a further 4 years of study at Jaami’ah Islaamiah Madinah Munawwarah. He is currently the ambassador for Saudi Arabia in Bahrain. Alhamdu lillaah, he is conducting lectures and discourses there which is having a very positive effect on the people. May Allah جل جلاله continue to increase it!
5. Although I actually wrote the book for the benefit of my children, the etiquettes and responsibilities that have been mentioned are not restricted to any individual or
organisation nor to men and boys only. Rather, it is imperative that every student and scholar – whether male or female – and everyone involved in learning and teaching, should embellish himself with these etiquettes and responsibilities.
Hence, this humble servant advises all students and teachers, and all female teachers and students of the various girls’ institutions in general, as well as my sons and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters, generation after generation in particular, to inculcate these etiquettes into their lives and, in so doing, achieve true success.
Finally, I would like to remind my associates of the advice that Rasoolullaah s gave to his relatives when he gathered them after the revelation of the following verse:
"و انذر عشيرتك الاقربين"
“And warn your close family members of the punishment of Allah!”
A part of it, as narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurayrah r, is mentioned hereunder:
“Oh my uncle, ‘Abbaas bin ‘Abdil-Muttalib! I will be of no avail to you against Allah جل جلاله!
Oh Safiyyah, aunt of the Messenger of Allah جل جلاله! I will be of no avail to you against Allah جل جلاله!
Oh Fatimah bint Muhammad! Whatever money you want from me, take it now for I will be of no avail to you against Allah جل جلاله (on the Day of Qiyaamah [Judgement]).”
In another narration [it is mentioned]:
“Oh Fatimah! Save yourself from the fire because I will not be able to help you against Allah جل جلاله!”1
I ask Allah جل جلاله to grant this incomplete effort complete acceptance and to make it a source of benefit for the general Muslim masses – aameen.
8 Zul-Hijjah 1420 AH / 15 March 2000
1 From Mu’eenush-Shamaail, p.97.
All praise is due to Allah جل جلاله, the Nourisher and Cherisher of the universe, and salutations and peace be upon the leader of the former and the latter people, and upon his family who inculcated his good traits and etiquettes, and upon his companions who were embodiments of his good character and upon all those who follow them in righteousness until the Day of Qiyaamah.
Dear readers, may Allah جل جلاله bless you with good fortune and the Noor of knowledge and ma’rifat. Understand well that there is no boon greater than the knowledge of Deen and it is only granted to the one upon whom Allah جل جلاله bestows His grace. Hazrat Mu’aaz bin Jabal r said: “The fortunate are granted it and the wretched are deprived of it.” There are many other verses of the Quraan and many Ahadith in which the virtue of knowledge and ‘ulamaa have been mentioned .